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April 4, 2014
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Shooting involving cop, cabby under investigation
André Williams, STAR Writer

Investigations surrounding the much-talked-about shooting incident in which a taxi driver was allegedly shot by a policeman in Hopewell, Hanover, last week Monday, is ongoing, according senior police personnel.

The policeman implicated in the matter remains off front-line duty whereas the taxi operator is yet to be charged.

Commander for the Hanover police division, Superintendent A. Collie said, "The matter is still being investigated, also by INDECOM, while the police officer has been removed from front-line duty."

In relation to to the taxi driver being charged, Superintendent Collie said, "He is not yet charged, but he will be soon."

The shooting incident came to national attention last week Monday when a bystander is said to have used a cellphone to videotape a tussle between a taxi driver and a policeman.

During the tussle, five shots were reportedly fired by the uniformed policeman, resulting in the taxi driver being injured. The video was later posted on social media.

According to eyewitness account, the injured taxi man was driving through the town when he was allegedly signalled to stop by the lawman.

The two reportedly got into a heated argument, the taxi driver stepped out of the car and accosted the policeman, who was in uniform.

A day after the incident, the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) said it had launched a probe into the shooting and the police said they would investigate the attack on their colleague.

'The matter is still being investigated, also by INDECOM, while the police officer has been removed from front-line duty.'

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